Flowers of Hiroshima

I didn’t blog quite as much as I’d planned in Japan…but I took many pictures. I’m sure I’ll be rambling about all that I learned, the places I went and the things I did in the coming days, but until then, I’ll just share some of the things I saw.

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These children were handing out flowers to attendees before the ceremony on August 6 to commemorate the 130,000 victims of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima.

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These little girls made me smile—they were so very intent on the job they had been given. I watched for several minutes as they trooped back and forth, delivering bundles of flowers from their crates to the waiting baskets.

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After the ceremony, we brought our flowers to the front of the cenotaph and placed them on the massive piles of blooms and wreathes amid the smoking incense and thousands of origami paper cranes. The literal definition of a cenotaph is “empty tomb”; around the world, cenotaphs memorialize those who are buried elsewhere.

The inscription on the Hiroshima cenotaph reads “Let all the souls here rest in peace; for we shall not repeat the evil.”

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